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Fourteen years after penning the song that made him a household name, Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life” has inspired the score for the upcoming remake of Annie. Considered his first major film score project, Jay-Z will breathe new life into the legendary 1982 musical-turned-film, and rightfully so being the man who has personified within the past twenty years how to make it in America.

Reflecting upon how the rapper and business mogul has managed to inject coolness and rhythmic energy to various films, we take note of six songs that follow Jay-Z’s rise to soundtrack dominance.